April snow storm brings ease to some businesses and causes serious problems for others in Rhinelander Submitted: 04/15/2018
Phylicia Ashley
Phylicia Ashley

April snow storm brings ease to some businesses and causes serious problems for others in Rhinelander
RHINELANDER - Some people used the surprise spring snow to their advantage and enjoyed a day at the movies or had a calmer workday. However, it also created challenges for other businesses.
The surprise snow brought some people to the movies.
"Decided to get out the house a little and have some fun," said 11- year- old Alyssa Smits who went to Rouman Cinema with her family on Sunday. 

It also gave some weekend workers a break on a usually busy Sunday.
"A little longer delivery times, besides that it's actually been a really slow day [Sunday] surprisingly," said Domino's store manager Tom Moravec.
The snow may have brought ease for some people, but over at Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander it only created issues.
"It's totally ridiculous for April 15th. They weren't expecting this when they got up this morning let's put it that way," said volunteer Paul Hagen.

Around 9 a.m. Sunday morning the roof of a greenhouse that stores thousands of flowers collapsed.
"They have a lot of money tied up in their plants," said Hagen.
"For more permanent houses you can insure the crop but for smaller ones like this you can't," said Hanon's Garden Village employee Eric Hanson.
Employees and volunteers rushed to save plants from getting damaged.

"We're using lifts and floor jacks," said Hagen.
Hanson said having helping hands, lift, pull, and push plants to a safe place makes him hopeful.
"It's amazing to have friends and neighbors you can trust to come and help you when you need," said Hanson.
While some businesses carried on as usual.
"Just a regular day for us," said Moravec.
Hanson hopes days like these don't repeat for the rest of what's supposed to be spring.
"It probably won't be normal for the rest of the season," said Hanson.

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